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South Sea Woman (2004)

John Alderson , Rudolph Anders , Arthur Lubin  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: John Alderson, Rudolph Anders, Leon Askin, Paul Bryar, Paul Burke
  • Directors: Arthur Lubin
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Subtitled, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: October 23, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UJ48RW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,933 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Burt Lancaster made this picture the same year as the great From Here to Eternity, but other than sharing a military backdrop, that's about where the similarities end. South Sea Woman does have Lancaster in his prime, as a swaggering Marine undergoing a mysterious court-martial after World War II. The nature of his alleged offenses won't become clear until we hear all the testimony, which the movie provides in a series of flashbacks. The story's a goof: how Burt and Marine buddy Chuck Connors end up on an island with gin-slinging dame Virginia Mayo, doing battle with the Vichy French, the Japanese, and each other. There's also a cross-dressing scene, a highly questionable native dance, and assorted slapstick. Journeyman director Arthur Lubin (guiding light of the Francis movies--the talking mule, not Ford Coppola) manages to work up some brawny action in the big climax, and the movie unexpectedly goes for a bit of grandness around Connors' character. Connors, the future star of The Rifleman TV show, was still new to the acting game at this point, having been discovered as a baseball player a year or so earlier. Tall, lean and toothy, he easily holds his own with Lancaster--but then, nobody has to work too hard in these minor, mildly entertaining circumstances. --Robert Horton

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4.0 out of 5 stars Who Does Your Data Entry? August 22, 2007
This film showcases three major Hollywood names: Burt Lancaster, Chuck Connors and Virginia Mayo. Yet from the Borders listing you would never know it, unless you look carefully at the cover image. Instead, a list of four totally obscure names (has anyone heard of John Alderson, Rudolph Anders, Leon Askin or Paul Bryar?) is given as the supposed roster of actors. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated example. It might be of interest to some potential buyers that one of the biggest names in Hollywood history is the star.

It's not a great movie, certainly, and other than Burt Lancaster, the other two stars are perhaps not the most glittering from Hollywood's pantheon. But to see the macho, bare-chested Messrs. Lancaster and Connors cavorting on an isolated South Sea island is definitely entertaining, and I'm delighted that this film has finally found its way to DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Escapist Entertainment in the Hollywood Tradition! January 14, 2009
What can I say. This is a thoroughly splendid piece of World War 2 Hollywood blarney. It is pure escapist entertainment released for the family audience of post World War Two America. "What did you do in the war Daddy?" was a question often asked in those days following the war and a lot of kids whose fathers were Marines in WW 2 must have wondered if thats what it was like too.

As history or serious fiction it is bilge. The trial is all about protecting of a friend. Burt is like "The Crimson Pirate!" in a Marine Sergent's Uniform trying to save the brash and dopey Chuck Connors from a fate worse than death i.e. Virginia Mayo, the Bar Singer he met with the heart of gold. Add a supporting cast of Warner Brother castaway character actors and there you have it, an Irish stew of a movie!

The ending is action packed and injects some meaningful pathos befitting the time and setting. The improvised, nearly suicidal mission against the Japanese in a boat full of colorful characters is an act of personal redemption, patriotism, heroism, and sacrifice all wrapped into one, and all men, Veterans or not, had to love looking at Virginia Mayo and laughing at the stupid love story. It's all fantasy of course but it does not insult or hurt anyone.

You should see this once anyhow. It is certainly great escapist entertainment in the Hollywood tradition. It was no miss TV when I was a kid.
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5.0 out of 5 stars great item, a pleasure to have in our dvd ... July 2, 2014
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great item, a pleasure to have in our dvd library. Hero lives in east LA area. Thanks for the speedy deliveryy.
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I enjoyed the movie, I enjoyed the humor in the movie, and the actors and actresses in the movie. I hadn't seen Chuck Connors in any movie or show older than the T.V. series "the Rifleman", so this was entertaining watching him play in a different role other than as Lucas MCaine in "the Rifleman".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun Movie February 1, 2014
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Burt Lancaster is at the top of his game in this movie.
So is Chuck Connors, both Marine who are AWOL.
On a German occupied south seas island.
It's camp and hokey. but for the times it which it was made it was perfect.
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